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Scouting is Alive and Well

Just a few weeks ago at the local Parkgate Shopping Centre, all of our community was reminded once again that Scouting is alive and well in our local community. Dozens of cars were lined up by the CIBC Bank, depositing not money, but rather Christmas trees in the annual 11th Seymour Tree Chip-Up. I offer my congratulations to the Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Venturers, Scouters, and parents for a job well done in helping to protect our environment. From its very inception, Scouting has always been looking for creative ways to do good deeds, and serve its local community. I remember as a young boy that I carried a Scouting good-deed coin in my right pocket. The aim was to do a good deed each day so that I could move my Scouting coin over to my left pocket.

Lord and Lady Robert and Olave Baden Powell were a remarkably gifted couple to have started such long-lasting and widespread groups as the Scouting and Guiding groups. Guiding in our area involves over 500 girls, including Pathfinders, Guides, Brownies, and Sparks. Just before Christmas, I was invited to speak to a local Brownie group on the meaning of Christmas. To prepare for that session, I used the Internet Search Engines to look for WEB pages on Guiding and Scouting. To my surprise, I discovered that there are over 700 Scouting/Guiding WEB pages around the world, reaching out to the 17 million+ Scouts and 8 million+ Guides.

Click here to find out more about some of the very creative Scouting/Guiding WEB sites that have arisen.

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